Microsoft has announced the availability of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Update For Developers January 2011 Update and it can be downloaded from Microsoft Download Centre.
This is a great resource for developers, trainers, consultants and evangelists who need to understand the key improvements introduced in SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 from a developer perspective.
It contains a rich set of presentations, demos, hands-on labs and videos that are perfect for self-paced learning or for conducting your own training. The January 2011 update includes lots of great new content and several usability improvements.
The easiest way to get started with the training kit is to download it, install it, open default.htm and browse the kit for the content that you are most interested in. Many of the presentations and demos in the training kit include a video that you can watch to familiarize yourself with the content. When you are ready for some hands-on experience, try installing one of the demos or hands-on labs. Each of them includes a configuration wizard that simplifies installation.
Check out the following sections for more on what’s new in this update.